In-state QB ready to burst onto scene

THERE HASN'T BEEN a lot of media buzz, yet, on one of Oregon's top QB prospects for 2008. Oregon State and others, however, have taken notice. "I'm amazed at how many schools are after him and he hasn't even played a down in a year and a half," says his prep coach. The 6-2, 205-pounder just recently returned from a junior day event in Corvallis. And check out the 15-plus minutes of scouting video.

A two year starter at Ridgefield in the state of Washington, Nick Green (6-2, 205, 4.6) transferred and was poised to become the starter last year at Central Catholic, the same school OSU plucked future Beaver Kevin Frahm from. But just before the season began, a torn ACL shuttered his junior year.

Central Catholic head man Steve Pyne, a football coach not given to hyperbole, says he won't be surprised if several schools offer at some point this year.

"If his on-the-field performance is anywhere close to his off-the-field work ethic, preparation and overall (high character), he's going to be among the best I've ever seen in the state of Oregon," said Pyne.

GREEN ATTENDED the junior day event in Corvallis just recently, has been to the UW's, and plans on taking in junior days at Boise State, Utah, BYU and Oregon and probably unofficial visits to ASU, UCLA and UNLV as well.

"First off, Kevin Frahm's a great player and he's just a great personality. Oregon State, they showed me around for 5-6 hours, it was just amazing their renovations to the stadium and what they're going to have. The coaching staff is great, they made you feel at home. That's a great school," said Green.

IN ADDITION TO Oregon State, schools like Purdue, Alabama, BYU, Florida State, Florida, the Ivy League schools and nearly the entire Pac-10 have made inquiries this winter. Before that, he was being recruited hardest during his sophomore year by Washington State. Green does not, however, hold a scholarship offer to date.

"I think they're all waiting to make sure the knee's okay, I think they all want to see him in person throwing the football," said Pyne. "They're going to be vastly impressed by this young man."

GREEN SAYS he has no leaders and is wide open.

"You can never take a smaller school for granted," said Green. "You have to look at all schools seriously and you never know when a coach will switch schools suddenly...A good team work ethic will be important, I don't want to go to a school that doesn't want to go work in the offseason and get things down. Education is fairly important. But I'm probably going to be looking at football first."

Numerous spring and summer appearances and unofficial visits are planned, including the Elite 11 regional tryout in Las Vegas, the NIKE camps in Palo Alto and Eugene, Barton Football Academy. School camp possibilities include those at Oregon State, Oregon, Washington, UCLA and Stanford.

WHEN THE SEASON rolls around this fall, Pyne said he expects to have a wealth of talent at the QB spot with Green now healthy.

"He hasn't been handed the starter's job, he's going to have to earn that. We've got a kid coming back that started 11 games for us and was 8-3 last year, so he's pretty good, too. Nick is the kind of kid who has the "it" factor," said Pyne.

"Ridgefield is a great school and has great coaching," said Green. "Being a smaller school, while each team has really good players that can match up with (anyone) they don't have quite as many so it's difficult to field a full second team to compete every day. And then with Central Catholic, they had three players go Division I and two went to (other schools) I think. Ridgefield was a great school for me and I loved it a lot there... I'm really excited to play with my new teammates and a great coaching staff, and there's great talent here in Oregon."

Green's overall athleticism and achievements are prominently displayed off the football field as well.

"He was a wrestler growing up and a 13 foot pole vaulter as a freshman," said Pyne. "At Ridgefield, he's been clocked at 11.1 or 11.2 in the 100, I believe. And he's a 3.9 student."

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